There are 7 things bands should do after the concert.
As for during the concert… As a performer myself, I’ve noticed that it’s not so much about this music, but, rather, how you make an audience feel. You can be technically proficient and spot-on with all your chords and melodies, but if the audience doesn’t “feel you,” then you’re not going to be asked back to that venue.
A lot of singers and bands put the most focus on the songs when they should be putting the most focus on their audience. Whether they perform for 2 people, 200, or 2,000, the audience matters more than the songs.
Another thing I’ve noticed is that singers and bands don’t take full advantage of the time right after the concert. Here are 7 things to do after the concert on stage ends.
1) Thank the person who booked you if they’re physically there, and if they’re not there, call or email them the next day. They are the person responsible for you performing– they should be treated well.
2) Figure out what worked and what didn’t. Did a certain song not connect? Was something said in public that should be kept private and never said from the stage again? You can make a “diary” of sorts of each gig, where you mark down the good things about it, and the bad things, so you have a written log of what happened.
3) If you or someone you know took pics or vids of the performance, they should be shared online within a day, ideally, to let others (who weren’t there) know they missed a good time. You’d be surprised at how many singers and bands fail to update their Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, blog, website, etc. on a consistent basis.
4) Any chance you get to talk with attendees/fans after a gig should be taken– you have to realize that, to them, you’re a talented star and they’re happy to lavish praise on you. They get excited to have said hello to you, shaken your hand, received a hug, etc. Don’t stick to a clique of the people you know best, alienating others– go out into the crowd after the gig and mingle– fans will truly appreciate the second or so it takes to say hello.
5) If you sell “merch,” take note of the item that sells well. Get orders in quickly so you’ll have the right amount to offer at the next gig. Nothing’s worse than playing a great gig and everyone wants to buy something and you say, “Sorry, we’re all out.” That’s lost revenue!
6) Your gear takes a lot of abuse, getting carted around, through cold and hot weather, in all sorts of venues. Take the time to make sure it’s working well after the show– and if a part needs replacing, a battery is low, or a bolt is missing, take care of the equipment issues within the week so you’re not frustrated at the next gig.
7) Finally, if you do your own booking, ask the person who booked you if they have some open dates in the coming weeks or months so you can come back (and get paid) again. Strike while the iron is hot! Simple things you do after the concert can truly help your career.